Beautiful Buddhist temple and a calm hide-out place in the city. Besides the massive Chedi (build to bury the ashes of the father of the king), there are other beautiful templebuildings. One is only accessible for men. Inside all buildings you must be properly dressed. It has monks living in the quarters. At the monk chat, tourists can speak with and ask questions about Buddhism/Thailand. The Chedi was damaged in the earthquake of 1545 and originally build in 1401. The green, clothed in gold, Emerald Buddha was originally installed in the Chedi, but moved (to Bangkok) after the earthquake. It now has a copy of the Emerald Buddha in the eastern niche. In the early 1990s the Chedi was reconstructed. The result is somewhat controversial, as some claim the new elements are in Central Thai style, not Lanna. Also impressive is the city pillar, Sao Inthakin, on the temple grounds, together with three dipterocarp trees. The pillar is supposed to protect the town and has a festival to honor it.
La Mango, juice-bar with airco, at the opposite of the entrance. For a cooling-down :-)
If possible go to Chiang Mai at the Songkran Festival (Buddhist new year). The temples are beautifully decorated, there's a big parade to show all of the cultures and it has three days of party-feelings and traditional 'water-throwing'.
Entrance is 40 THB. Locals can go in for free.